Gingrich praises Perry at tea party event
July 13th, 2011
11:19 AM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich praises Perry at tea party event

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had some kind words for a potential opponent Tuesday during a speech to tea party activists in South Carolina.

During a question-and-answer session with the Charleston Tea Party, Gingrich was asked by the moderator, a local radio host, to name "the second best candidate for the Republican nomination."

Gingrich chuckled, then singled out Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is not yet a candidate but is exploring the possibility of a White House run.

"He is a great friend of mine," Gingrich said. "I wrote the forward to his new book. He has done a great job in Texas. He is terrific job creator and he would be a very formidable candidate."

The former House Speaker said he offered similar praise for Perry during a recent Fox News interview, and was asked at the time why he was being so generous toward a potential rival for the GOP nomination.

"And I said no, the only opponent I have is Barack Obama," he recalled.

Gingrich and Perry have a friendly relationship, but some Perry advisers were among the staffers who abandoned the Gingrich campaign in June after questioning the candidate's work ethic and commitment to fundraising.

A handful of those former Gingrich advisers are now laying the groundwork for a possible Perry campaign.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry • Tea Party movement
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Oh Boy! One big lying thug endorses another big lying thug.

    July 13, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. mb2010a

    As a Texan, I have to say that running Rick Perry for President would be the worst thing the Republicans could possibly do to themselves. On the other hand, we would at least be able to finally get him out of Texas.

    July 13, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Jay

    I thought I liked Perry – – but if he is judged by his friends forget the Texas stud!

    July 13, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Nice pic of Newtered yet again holding his hand out for coroprate money.

    July 13, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. allens

    what does the loser have to lose? complikment a crazy man, why not

    July 13, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry does not know what separation of church and state means. Like far too many right wing hardliners, Mr. Perry seems to believe that the US is, has been, and always should be a "Christian Nation." Gov. Perry believes it is government's role to serve as the thought police.

    July 13, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He is a great friend of mine," Gingrich said. "I wrote the forward to his new book. "

    A book of which I'll never purchase, let alone read, but great endorsement anyway, Newtie. Keep groveling, though. It suits you.

    July 13, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    So Gingrich, speaking at a Tea Party function, praised another Tea Party favorite, Perry –
    FYI: All six of the Teacan "fake" candidates lost in Wisconsin. The recall moves on.
    Teacans lost in California
    Teacans lost in NY 26
    I am "caustiously optimistic".

    July 13, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. SecedingfromTexas

    Sorry, should have written "all Teacan "fake" Democrat candidiates lost.................."

    July 13, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. ChiTownArkie

    Gingrich Perry. One loser conversing about another loser. C'mon CNN, post some real news.

    July 13, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Bill in Florida

    Actually, Newt, your opponent is NOT Barack Obama, since you have only 1% chance of getting the GOP nomination.

    July 13, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. bb

    Losers, the lot of 'em. Interesting that this event was put on in Charleston, SC – that has historically voted Democrat for decades.

    July 13, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Dave

    Newt and rick are CFR globalists. All I need to know about these shysters.

    July 13, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. DENNA

    Old Newt would endorse Satan himself if he has an [R] behind his name. Our country is being systematically destroyed by the Republicans because they don't like the president that the majority of America voted for. I guess they are going to destroy this country to teach us a lesson. We need jobs, and they promised jobs, but have done NOTHING AT ALL about putting forward a real job-creating bill. Not on thing have they done. More working Americans to share the tax burden would be the absolute best way to solve our problems.

    Stop enjoying this game the Rethugs are playing with President Obama and try to focus on what it means to you if you are not rich. Being white won't help us unless we already rich. Middle class white America will shortly be joining poor black and brown America if we don't do something. It is not us against them, it is the hardworking middle class across the color spectrum who are suffering. Pay attention.

    July 13, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |

    Ugh. Ever heard of a gym, Mr. Gingrich?

    July 13, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Aaron

    If Gingrich compliments someone, you can be assured that person is freaky and dishonest. Maybe Gingrich and Perry shared a mistress, and that resulted in some warm feelings.

    July 13, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. thomas

    What is with this country ?

    Newt is out touch with the world and Perry is is a closet log cabin queen . CNN , talk to anybody in Austin !

    July 13, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. JJ

    One nimrod loser praising another nimrod loser. Ho-Frickin-Hum.

    July 13, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Get a room.

    July 13, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Switters

    One fool praising another......

    July 13, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Only in the U.S. could a man who resigned from congress in disgrace for illegal acts, run for president and then have the audacity to praise a man who said his state should secede from the U.S. Only in the U.S. could these nutcases show their faces in the news, even on the republican fanatical news network, Fox.

    July 13, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Vince

    He praised a man who had such a temper tantrum when Obama won he threatened to succeed? I wouldn't vote for anyone who doesn't get the "united" part of the United States.

    July 13, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Gingrich Campaign Staff

    I thought we cancelled this campaign? Whoops.

    July 13, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Realistic

    American voters have picked 2 Texans for president and how did that work out for us? Yeah, crappy....No more taxs or texanians for president.

    July 13, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs Are a Crazy Cult!

    More proof that neither man is fit to be president. Newter is a blowhard liar and multiple cheater who claims his patriotism made him a scumbag to his former wives. Perry is actually dumber than Bush (I know, it's hard to believe that's even possible) and he "pals around" with the american Talban, ie, phony rightwing "christian" extremists. To top it all off, his "fiscal conservativism" blew a $23 BILLION hole in the Texas budget. He was warned about this years ago, but as stupid stubborn Texans are known to do, he screwed up big time. Like I said, neither of these two GOBPbaggers are qualified to be anywhere near politics.

    July 13, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |